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Dutch universities criticise inflation and energy costs


Rising expenses cancel out funding increases and put pressure on students, association warns

Universities across the Netherlands are facing funding shortages, despite a recent budget increase, due to the rapidly increasing cost of energy and general inflation.

The UNL, the association of Dutch universities, issued a statement earlier this month in which it outlined the expected costs of the Europe-wide energy crisis caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine. The overall energy bill for universities is expected to rise by around €150 million in 2023, with price hikes already being felt across the sector, the association said.

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